LEND Advanced Leadership Fellowship Courses

Fellows attend the program 1-3 days per week over 9 months, September to June. The "Core Curriculum" occurs on Fridays, and is required of all Fellows participating in the program. The Core Curriculum is comprised of eight (8) courses/seminars.

Fellows may also attend the program an on additional days (Thursdays and Saturdays) to take courses toward a Master's Degree in Public Administration (MPA) in Disability and Health Policy from Suffolk University.

The United States (US) Health System
Public Service Law
Health Policy: Disability and Public Policy-Expanding Access
Leadership in an Interconnected World
Strategic Leadership (Capstone Course)
Challenging Issues in Information Technology
The Family and Consumer Perspective
Developing Cultural Competency
Foundations of Public Organizational Administration
Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
Quantitative Analysis
Non-Profits in the Community
Health Economics
Grant Writing and Grant Management

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CORE Curriculum
(Fridays)

Required 30-hour courses:

The US Health System
Fellows are introduced to the major health issues/institutions in the US with focus on home health services, Medicaid/Medicare, managed care, medical home, integrated service delivery systems, and other health care changes. Students connect health care system issues with issues related to public policy, and the concerns of people with disability who are un-served and underserved.
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Public Service Law

This course provides an evaluation of the legal processes, public policy and social issues that affect persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Fellows examine aspects of public policy/practice in the lives of families and children with DD, including the evolution and current definitions of disability, developmental disability and intellectual disability; legislation that has provided for civil rights in public access, employment, education and health; the issues that people with disabilities feel are most important at the current time; and the factors that came together to achieve success in the past.
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Health Policy: Disability and Public Policy-Expanding Access

This course is a continuation of the Public Service Law course; it provides an opportunity to evaluate/understand many aspects of public policy and social issues that affect the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families, including local, regional, state, and national forces and trends, the principles of self-determination and maximum participation of persons with disability in planning, and implementation.
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Leadership in an Interconnected World

Fellows examine and apply principles of leadership and management as they relate to organizational productivity and effectiveness. Coursework focuses on applying these principles to analysis and resolution of situations and problems faced by leaders in service organizations. The class includes lectures, discussion and in-class activities.
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Strategic Leadership (Capstone Course)

Fellows explore the essential elements of strategic leadership, including systems thinking, strategic analysis, strategy development and implementation. The course consists of lectures, readings, and case studies that highlight strategic management techniques and issues within healthcare, nonprofit, and government organizations. Interactive in-class exercises and assignments allow them to apply what they have learned, and to evaluate their understanding of the course material.
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Required Seminars:

Challenging Issues in Information Technology
Fellows consider how technology provides leaders extensive access to a rich array of information resources and many choices about how to communicate with their colleagues and the individuals they serve. This seminar covers a number of the challenging areas and makes use of class discussion, exercises, and guest lecturers.
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The Family and Consumer Perspective
This seminar provides Fellows with an opportunity to participate in, observe, and learn about the day-to-day concerns of children or adults with disabilities and their families. Through guest lectures, video discussions and readings as well as a field experience visiting a host family, Fellows learn how programs and policies affect individuals/families, identify the gaps that exist in programs and service systems, and understand what individuals and families require to be successful.
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Developing Cultural Competency

This seminar provides a milieu in which Fellows consider their own personal beliefs and lenses through which differences/diversity are viewed. Racial, ethnic and other social determinants that contribute to disparities in health care and service delivery systems and the cultural competencies that may address these disparities are discussed. Disability is also considered from the perspective of different cultural/ethnic groups. The seminar is comprised of guest speakers and panels representing various cultural communities, viewing DVDs and discussions about cultural issues, readings, and in-class discussions.
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Additional Courses for MPA Candidates
(Thursdays and/or Saturdays)

Foundations of Public Organizational Administration
This course provides an overview of the field of public administration; the structure, functions, and processes of government organizations at various levels—federal, state, regional, and local—are examined. Students explore the historical trends and political rationale for the present operations of the public sector. A review of research methods, techniques, and tools will be carried out, including identification of information sources and communication formats.
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Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

Fellows explore how public programs and policies can be made more responsive, efficient, and effective through the use of social science research techniques and measurement of programmatic outcomes. The course consists of lectures on identified topics, text and supplemental readings on program evaluation (analysis of existing programs) and policy analysis (analysis of prospective programs) techniques and issues.
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Quantitative Analysis

Fellows build upon the basic statistics and research designs established in Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation. The focus is on using social science research to determine how public programs and policies can be made more responsive, efficient and effective. The primary goal of the course is for students to understand the value of data and statistical analyses as well as the potential weakness, confounding factors, and difficulties in determining causality.
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Non-Profits in the Community

Fellows learn to recognize organizational constituencies, analyze their often conflicting importance/opinions and learn to make the appropriate action decisions which result in maintenance of good community relations and mission achievement for non-profit and other public service organizations.
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Health Economics

This course examines the allocation health care services from an economic viewpoint, the functioning of the health care system, and the social causes of health. Other topic areas include: a consideration of what health is and its value; the supply and demand for health care; micro-economic evaluation at treatment level; market equilibrium; evaluation at whole system level; and planning, budgeting and monitoring mechanisms.
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Grant Writing and Grant Management

This course provides Fellows with an opportunity to learn about grant writing and grant management. Fellows may choose to write their own grant or to work in teams to prepare a grant proposal for a fictitious foundation. Fellows may also elect to write a real grant in response to an actual RFP.
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